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Local doctor discusses who is the right candidate for aspirin

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Dr. Monte Slatton, Cardiology Center of Amarillo Dr. Monte Slatton, Cardiology Center of Amarillo
Amarillo, TX - The FDA recently questioned the use of aspirin to prevent a first heart attack, but a local doctor wants to emphasize aspirin should still be used by people with a history of cardiovascular problems.

The FDA turned down a request to allow Bayer to put on its bottles that aspirin "can help prevent heart attacks"

Some experts are warning there may be serious side effects from daily use of aspirin.

A doctor at the Cardiology Center of Amarillo, Monte Slatton, says aspirin should still be used by people who have had cardiovascular problems.

"If you have had a heart problem there is no controversy. Aspirin is beneficial very clearly, you have ever had a heart attack or a stint, heart failure or surgery ... any kind of event aspirin is clearly beneficial. So we can move those people off the table."

Slatton says the controversy surrounding the drug is for people who have never had a previous cardiac event.

The FDA claims the benefit of taking aspirin for these people has not been established and risks of too much aspirin can include internal bleeding into the brain or stomach.

"If you have had any history of bleeding problems or a history of ulcers in the stomach, or a bleeding into the brain then you shouldn't take aspirin"

It is best to consult with your doctor to find out if you are a candidate for an aspirin regiment.

"People of any age should consult with their doctor and let their doctor help them figure out if they are better on aspirin or their risk is better off aspirin.That is important to get out to the community."

If you are taking aspirin it is also important to have your doctor determine the dose and  frequency that is appropriate.